|David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - TED.com|
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; philosophy; psychology; self; success; TED2014; 2014
|Brené Brown: Listening to shame - TED.com|
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; brain; culture; psychology; self; 2012
|Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl - TED.com|
In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; gender; self; social change; women; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom - TED.com|
In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED in the Field; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; happiness; philosophy; self; 2010
|Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code - TED.com|
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; economics; evil; psychology; science; self; society; TED2009; 2009
|Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception - TED.com|
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2010; TED; Talks; God; faith; neurology; psychology; science; self; 2010
|A.J. Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me - TED.com|
For a full year, A.J. Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDMED 2011; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; health; humor; self; 2011
|Jessa Gamble: Our natural sleep cycle - TED.com|
In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; evolution; humanity; personal growth; science; self; 2010
|Dan Dennett on our consciousness - TED.com|
Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; brain; consciousness; culture; entertainment; illusion; self; visualizations; 2003
|Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations - TED.com|
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q and A with some familiar TED faces.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; choice; culture; entertainment; happiness; psychology; self; society; TEDGlobal 2005; 2005
|Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom - TED.com|
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; culture; global issues; philosophy; politics; self; social change; society; 2009
|Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion - TED.com|
It’s hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Chautauqua Institution; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; chautauqua; compassion; global issues; love; religion; self; 2009
|Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? - TED.com|
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; culture; economics; global issues; psychology; science; self; society; 2008
|Swami Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion - TED.com|
Swami Dayananda Saraswati unravels the parallel paths of personal development and attaining true compassion. He walks us through each step of self-realization, from helpless infancy to the fearless act of caring for others.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Chautauqua Institution; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; chautauqua; compassion; global issues; religion; self; 2009
|Adam Ostrow: After your final status update - TED.com|
Many of us have a social media presence -- a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: What happens to that personality after you've died? Could it ... live on?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; consciousness; culture; self; social change; social media; technology; 2011
|Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability - TED.com|
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxHouston; TED; Talks; communication; culture; psychology; self; social change; 2010
|Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are - TED.com|
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; business; psychology; self; success; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself - TED.com|
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; personal growth; self; storytelling; success; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
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|Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self - TED.com|
Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon NY2011; TED; Talks; behavioral economics; business; culture; economics; finance; self; 2011
|Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness - TED.com|
Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; consciousness; neuroscience; science; self; TED2011; 2011